York County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking a suspect accused of robbing a Catawba store at gunpoint Saturday.
The robbery happened just before 10 p.m. at the Dollar General on South Anderson Road, where two employees were closing up when the suspect entered the store, according to an incident report. The male employee said that after checking two customers out, he felt someone stick a gun into his back. He looked behind him and saw the suspect holding a gun to his back, who also ordered the clerk to give him money.
The male clerk said the suspect tried unsuccessfully to open the safes behind the counter, then grabbed the female clerk by the arm and took her to the office in the back, deputies said. The female clerk said the suspect took her to the office but fled the store on foot after noticing there was no money there.
Two customers who were leaving the store when the robbery happened told deputies they saw the suspect flee in a car that was parked in a corner of the parking lot. A third witness outside the store said the vehicle appeared to be a gray sedan.
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The suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing between 170 and 180 pounds. He has shoulder-length dreadlocks, was wearing a gray hoodie with a do-rag over his face and had a black and gray handgun.
A K-9 unit was called to track the suspect but the search was unsuccessful, officials said. The sheriff’s office is expected to release photos and a video of the incident when it becomes available.
Officials released surveillance video of the incident late Monday:
If you have any information about the suspect in the video, contact Crime Stoppers of York County at 877-409-4321 or submit an tip online at yorkcrimestoppers.com.
Teddy Kulmala • 803-329-4082